Thursday 17 June 2021

Draft Agenda for Wed 23rd June, 6.30pm (Zoom)

Re: Draft Agenda for Wed 23rd June, 6.30pm (Zoom)
To: Cali Norton 

'Morning Cygnet Committee

Thanks for all your tireless efforts, Cali. Your draft agenda is as thorough as ever.

However, it has highlighted a number of bugbears that periodically rankle with me.

*High Street window (Anna)
This is displaying the back of a piece of display furniture which is not attractive. Is it
possible to have the main window facing the High Street and the one facing the Yard clear
of display furniture, unless placed there by Diana?

Is the above 'display furniture' referring to my plinth that someone has moved from its original position? Its original position ~ where I placed it at an angle hid the back of Cali's picture on the window sill. Now all the back of her pic is showing ~ warts and all. I presumed either Diana or Gaynor had moved it as part of their eminent window display policy. Which is why I left it where it now stands.

Clear Floor policy (Anna). Is it possible to have a clear floor policy i.e. no pictures on the
floor or in small easels? This will help with cleaning and avoid visitors tripping over work

Again, two of my sheep pics had been moved from where I'd placed them discreetly tucked behind my browser within my allocated space. Someone had moved them out to be more prominently seen. Which I thought was nice but would probably cause an outcry. It seems I've been proved right on this assumption. Talking of things tripping people up, the number of unwieldy and dilapidated card carousels never gets a mention. Or the ugly blue chair with what looks like urinary stains all across it. And now Des is bringing in Trojan gifts. More about him anon.

I'm putting all this in an email because as is the nature of meetings ~ and particularly Zoom ones ~ two or three people (in this case Cali, Roz and Anna) take over and dominate. So it's difficult to get a word in edgeways. I have for instance repeatedly offered to zing up the wording on the website and create a consistent message running through from social media to advertising etc. All to no avail. I've spent twenty-five years or more writing award-winning copy for London ad agencies for blue chip clients like Air France, Vimto, Yamaha, the NSPCC and so on. But does anyone pay any attention to my advice? No way. 

I would at this juncture point out the artists I've managed to recruit and the products I've managed to sell since I've been producing FB posts, tweeting and writing, designing and producing good old traditional A4 posters.

And now back to mention of Des's request for a free space in the gallery for one of his charges. We've just denied Gaynor a week or two of space for which she offered to pay! (the Trust apparently being insistent that no one is allowed a space without covering a shift and paying the licence fee). So really the idea of Des wheedling his way back in is anathema to me.

Anyway, and finally in the light of all this I'd now like to resign from my place on the committee. Of course I'll continue with all my other Cygnet duties but just not from a committee member's position à la Stuart Craven.

f i n e   a r t i s t 

On Wed, 16 Jun 2021 at 20:13, Cali Norton wrote:
Dear All,
Please find attached the draft Agenda for our next Committee meeting. I've sent it in both Word and Pages, and if you want to add/amend anything, can you highlight all amendments in red for me please!

Fwd: Clare CW

A mix-up of Clares

Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2021 at 19:38
Subject: Re: Clare CW
To: Cali and Peter

Phew! The thing is btw, Cali and Peter, the Clare that's popping in the Cygnet tomorrow is the one I saw first ~ not Clare CW. She came in long ago having read my recruitment ad that Cali put back up on the door. Apparently Clare Wyatt mistakenly thought she had to have a Facebook account to apply! A case of crossed wires.

Then Clare CW turns up after Clare Wyatt. 

I didn't know Clare Wyatt's surname and mistakenly presumed Clare CW was the nice Clare. It's like something out of The Importance of Being Earnest but nowhere near as funny!

Anyway, so really Clare CW was pipped at the post by Clare Wyatt who I saw first. In fact my initial reaction to Clare CW was that because she was called Clare I was expecting Clare Wyatt. "Ah," I said. "You're not the Clare I was expecting to see!" 

Things went downhill from there on. Dreadful woman. If she hadn't been wearing a face mask one could easily have expected to see a great hairy wart on her chin!

Good that Roz is in tomorrow to see the nice Clare. When it comes to the vote we'll have to impress on everyone that there's only one potter to vote on. Clare CW dropped out. Well out of the picture.

Well done Peter and Cali! 👍😃

f i n e   a r t i s t 

On Wed, 16 Jun 2021 at 18:45, Cali Norton <> wrote:
Looks as if the cunning plan which Peter and I hatched (and his excellent email) has worked!
C x

Begin forwarded message:

From: peteralleyn <>
Subject: Re: i/c New Artists details
Date: 16 June 2021 at 18:43:07 BST

Hi Cali,
All Quiet on the Clare C-W Front !!
Yes, I agree - I'm lying very low & saying nothing further 😷
Let's hope 'no news is good news'.

So endeth the cliches .... 😊

All Best Wishes

------ Original Message ------
From: "Cali" <>
To: "peteralleyn" <>
Sent: Wednesday, 16 Jun, 21 At 12:01
Subject: Re: i/c New Artists details

Dear Peter,
I'm with Roz at moment, and we were wondering if Clare CW has replied to you?!
If not, we suggest you just leave it. If she comes back in a month's time ... oh dear, sorry no unit available!
Cali and Roz

Sent from my iPhone

On 14 Jun 2021, at 12:03, peteralleyn <> wrote:

Thanks Cali
All OK & now printed out !

It all looks very straightforward.
I will have a long look through the box files you mentioned.
Very good idea to see if any of the old 'rejects' are now still keen to join.

All Best Wishes

PS 'WORD' attachments are ideal for me - I use WORD for all of my documents.

------ Original Message ------
From: "Cali Norton" <>
To: "peteralleyn" <>
Sent: Monday, 14 Jun, 21 At 10:40
Subject: Re: Clare C W

Can you open this one? I've exported it as a Word file?